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Snyder Lifts Seahawks Past No. 17 Wolfpack, 3-2, In Extra Innings

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 05/07/2008
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WILMINGTON, N.C. Sophomore Rhett Miller scored from first base on a double off the leftfield wall by senior Jes Snyder in the bottom of the 11th inning as No. 29 UNC Wilmington trimmed No. 17 N.C. State, 3-2, in a key non-conference baseball game Wednesday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks, who gained a split of the season series, raised their mark against ranked teams to 3-2 and their overall record to 36-11-1. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, saw their record dip to 33-15 overall and 7-6 on the road.

In the 11th for the Seahawks, Miller drew a 1-out walk and was in motion on a hit-and-run when Snyder rang the left field wall with a double. NCSU had a chance to throw Miller out at the plate, but the relay sailed wide and Miller scored.

Freshman Stephen Harrold (4-2) picked up the win for the Seahawks, who improved to 23-4 at home, throwing a scoreless inning in relief.

Junior Jason Zinser (0-1) took the loss out of the bullpen for the Wolfpack.

Only two players, one from each team, had at least two hits in the pitchers’ duel. Senior Ryan Pond finished 2-for-5 for NC State, while Snyder added a solo homer in addition to his double.

Although not figuring in the decision for the Seahawks, senior starter Larry Salefsky held NCSU to two runs on four hits and a walk in a career-long 6 2/3 innings. Salefsky fanned two and recorded 10 ground ball outs.

A solo homer with two out off the bat of Snyder gave the Seahawks an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.

Salefsky, who was making his first career start, sailed through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. Pond lined a single to left and junior Pat Ferguson drew a walk. Matt Payne, a senior, followed with a single through the leftside and junior Jeremy Synan got the Wolfpack on the scoreboard with a RBI ground out. Junior Marcus Jones gave NCSU the lead, 2-1, with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Ferguson.

UNCW drew even in the bottom of the eighth when sophomore Mike Rooney walked and moved around to third on freshman Alex Hill’s sacrifice bunt that was thrown away by sophomore reliever Sam Brown. Rooney scored the tying run on a wild pitch as Hill moved to second. NCSU relievers Drew Taylor and Kyle Rutter pitched out of the jam by retiring the next two hitters.

In the 11th, Pond reached base and made it to third when Hill dropped his fly ball at the base of the wall in left center. After walking Ferguson, Harrold fanned Payne and then got junior Wade Moore to hit into an inning-ending double play, turned by Rooney, and kept the game tied and set the stage for Snyder in the home half of the inning.

The Seahawks hit the road this weekend for a 3-game Colonial Athletic Association series at second-place James Madison. The series begins on Friday with a 3 p.m. start. All three games will be broadcast online at UNCWsports.com.


Notes: Despite collecting just five hits, the Seahawks drew eight walks on the night ... Salefsky retired 11 batters in a row before allowing a double in the seventh ... Cameron Roth struck out a season-high five and tied his career-long outing of 3 1/3 innings ... UNCW pitchers issued just three walks on the game ... Jason Appel dipped to .394 on the season following an 0-4 evening ... Cody Stanley has hit safely in his last eight games.

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